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Responses of black patients and white patients to antihypertensive drugs are similar, study shows

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 11 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:602
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The responses of black patients with high blood pressure to commonly used classes of antihypertensive drugs are more similar than previously thought to the responses of white patients, indicates a meta-analysis published last week.

    A Medline search (from 1983 to March 2003) and a manual trawl of references to randomised trials identified 15 studies. These studies, which included information on the effect of antihypertensive drugs on blood pressure in black patients and white patients, involved a total of 9307 white and 2902 black patients whose treatments lasted from …

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